The Arc of Appalachia Preserves stewards highly protected nature preserves. Please read complete regulations before visiting, only some of which are summarized here: Remain on trails at all times, walking in single file to protect bulbs of native wildflowers bordering the trail. Do not disturb, pick nor collect flowers, plants, rocks, or wildlife. Hunting, caving, fishing, trail biking, rock climbing, wading, camp fires and swimming are prohibited. Many Arc trails border dangerous, potentially life-threatening cliffs: Trails can be narrow, uneven, and steep; with possible ticks, poison ivy, and stinging nettle. Keep children close at hand, and hike at your own risk. Click here for a complete list of dog-friendly trails. Most trails do not permit dogs.
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Hiking Trails at Gladys Riley are open sunrise to sunset year-round, weather permitting. Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
The Golden Star Lilies need your eyes and ears!
The Golden Star Lily is an extremely rare plant throughout its range and endangered in Ohio. To be able to continue opening the preserve’s doors to the public, we need to keep the Golden Star Lily’s populations safe and secure. If you see anyone harvesting any native plants or violating any other preserve regulations, please report the incident. Call or text the Arc at 937-365-1935 and include the license plate number if you have it. Your caring presence is a strong deterrent. Thank you for your stewardship.
Yellow Buckeye Trail
1.0 mile loop – moderate-difficult – This trail winds its way up a steep hillside via several switchbacks. The elevation gain and the extremely rocky terrain may be challenging. The base of the sheltered moist hillside is rich in Yellow Buckeyes and wildflowers, including the Golden Star Lily; and is carpeted with lush mosses and tall ferns. Here black birch, a relatively uncommon tree in Ohio, grows abundantly. The higher elevations boast oak and hickory trees over 200 years old, the trees bearing impressive girths.
White Walnut Trail
1.5 mile loop – moderate – This trail traverses Rocky Fork’s floodplain, a tributary of Scioto Brush Creek. Wildflowers are extremely rich on this trail, the Golden Star Lily being among them. White Walnut, or Butternut, has declined in our forests due to disease but still grows in small numbers along the edge fo the Rocky Fork. Look for its pied black & white bark. Watch your footing on the rock-strewn portions of this trail.